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Insufficiently Awesome

So, I tweeted this earlier today...

I don't generally get PCD these days ... I just spend the next two weeks finding life insufficiently awesome. #BeMoreAwesomeDammit

...and while I meant it mostly as a throwaway gag, the more it bumped around in my brain cavity, the more I gradually realized how much truth there was to it. Especially the part where I beg the universe to "Be more awesome, dammit!"

PCD, for those who may be wondering, here refers to "post-con depression," a condition in which, after spending 3-5 intensive days in the company of cool, interesting people who are all turned up to 11, coming back to ordinary life feels pretty bleak. Doubly so if your ordinary life is one you're not particularly happy with to begin with.

These days, I'm fairly happy with my ordinary life, which is why I don't really get PCD. On the other hand, I have a hungry, "high idea-flow" mind that's constantly craving new input, and it's usually only in situations like conventions where I feel like life is actually moving at a pace that doesn't bore me silly. Furthermore, my creativity, as a rule, tends to feed off the creativity around me. If I'm in a room full of creative people doing interesting things, my own creativity takes off like a rocket -- if I'm spending my life in the Grey Flannel Workplace, my mind rapidly starts trying to shut down.

Now, you can't live your life at conventions. Even if you could somehow manage to afford it and the food didn't kill you, the simple fact is that you need downtime in order to produce anything! On top of that, what happens when "awesome" becomes "every day"? Does it then turn into "monotony"? (See also Everything's Amazing and Nobody's Happy.)

But that doesn't alter the fact that when I'm not at a con, I do spend most of my time thinking about when I will be at one again. Cons are where I feel like I'm "with my people," and the human race generally starts trying to live up to its potential. At a con, I quickly get used to things being awesome a lot and almost instinctively develop the entirely unfounded assumption that awesome is the default state of things.

Thus, when I come back to the "real world," I find it insufficiently awesome, and no matter how much yelling or begging I do, it just stays that way. All I can do is to inject what awesome I can, and hope other people pick up the slack.

So here's my request, everyone who reads this: do something awesome today. :) And when you have, tell me what it is, please!

-The Gneech


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Jun. 30th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
I was actually thinking, on my way home today, of reminding myself how much life doesn't suck, by doing one of those horrible 365 blogs where I find something that doesn't suck about my life each day and assault people with it, er, I mean, post it....

Either way, today I did something (reasonably) awesome -- after having gotten home from work, I drove back to work in order to get my boss the piece of information he needed in order to be able to leave a job site with a $6,000 check. He was very happy.

Also, I read your LJ...that was pretty cool too. :) (Been keeping an eye on that Ghostbusters costume...so jealous! :)
Jun. 30th, 2011 11:39 pm (UTC)
D'Aww! Well thanks. ^.^'

Congrats on the good job!

Jul. 1st, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
follow-up phone interview.
Jul. 1st, 2011 02:50 am (UTC)
Argh! Conflicted awesomeness! >.<

Well good luck with it! ^.^'

Jul. 1st, 2011 06:37 am (UTC)
I always initially think of PCD as Pitch Circle Diameter, and then start thinking about shiny alloy wheels. Always works a treat to cheer me up =^.^=

Engineering geeks FTW! :p
Jul. 1st, 2011 12:05 pm (UTC)
Nice :)

Jul. 1st, 2011 08:36 am (UTC)
I went here: http://www.bl.uk/sciencefiction And it was duly awesome.
Jul. 1st, 2011 09:14 am (UTC)
Whoa! I must do this!
Jul. 1st, 2011 12:06 pm (UTC)

Jul. 1st, 2011 09:13 am (UTC)
I learned how to calibrate some new machines today! ^v^ *hugs ya*
Jul. 1st, 2011 12:07 pm (UTC)
W00t! :D

Jul. 1st, 2011 09:14 am (UTC)
I finished writing a short story yesterday!

Today is too early to be awesome >.
Jul. 1st, 2011 12:07 pm (UTC)
Well done!

-The Gneech
Jul. 1st, 2011 02:09 pm (UTC)
my body has recovered from New Orleans....
and last night I started a new hat to donate to the cancer center...(grin)
Jul. 1st, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
Re: my body has recovered from New Orleans....
Definitely counts as awesome. :)

Jul. 2nd, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
I love that Louis C. K. clip. I think of it every time I fly, and stuff that used to annoy me about flying rarely bugs me any more. :)
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